The long summer holidays can have a way of making us feel sluggish and slow, especially when the typical British rain makes a regular appearance and you’re stuck inside sheltering. It’s also that time of year when everyone wants to get fit and healthy before the run-up to winter food begins! So what better way to spend your summer than by getting active? Don’t worry — we’ve made sure that these are fun to do, regardless of the indecisive English weather.
Exercise isn’t for everyone and that’s understandable — it can be difficult getting into the habit of going for a jog or a cycle. And what happens when the clouds decide to burst? Fortunately, we have a great product that’s perfect for exercising from the comfort of a chair or sofa; you don’t even have to leave the house. A pedal exerciser helps to gradually build up strength in the leg muscles, with different resistances to keep you motivated. Pedal away whilst watching TV or reading a book and you’ll be sure to notice a difference.
Go for a stroll
A simple walk outside is one of the most beneficial ways to get active — provided the weather holds up, of course. Not only is it good for you physically, but it can help with mental health too, plus some studies prove that it can be advantageous for individuals living with dementia to improve their memory. In the UK, we’re blessed with lots of beautiful countrysides which are just beckoning for us to go and explore — you could even take a camera with you and get some gorgeous snaps of your route.
As well as exercising your legs, it’s important to strengthen your hands too, especially for individuals with limited dexterity or arthritis. Ourgel ball hand exerciserscome in a range of different resistances to help to gradually build up strength in the hands, and can also act as a stress ball to calm you down. The durable yet squeezy design is pleasant to touch, whilst the bright colours are ideal for individuals with dementia.
Make a splash
Swimming is a great method of exercise, and it’s fun too! It doesn’t matter if you’re not at Olympic-level – just a few simple strokes up and down can make the world of a difference. If it’s not warm enough for a dip in the sea, you can have a swim in your local leisure centre where there are often classes during the day that you can join. Or you could get involved with pool-aerobics, where the resistance of the water adds an extra challenge to regular exercise!
Have a stretch
Stretching is the most important thing to do when warming up, but it’s also effective as a stand-alone exercise too. Products like ourThera-Band exerciser are ideal for providing fun and easy ways to stretch, and you can also use it whilst sitting down too! The Thera-Band comes in different resistances to help build up upper-body strength gradually and improve circulation, helping to prevent the risk of heart problems. An accessible design means that people of all ages and abilities can use it with ease!
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